Guitar heroes

Guitar heroes

There are 47 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Dec 15, 2008, titled Guitar heroes. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

Who is the best guitar player in Berkshire County? Is it blues picker Albert Cummings, who has toured with the legendary B.B. King, Johnny Winter and Buddy Guy? Is it singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie, whose ...

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Correspondent from Lenox

Albany, NY

#1 Dec 15, 2008
I read your article on guitars and concluded there must be strings attached; at least six.
Correspondent from Lenox

Albany, NY

#2 Dec 15, 2008
Without a question, Jimmy Taylor is the best player, bar none. No one else sang while on the way to Logan Airport accompanied by Sweet Baby James!.
Political action

United States

#3 Dec 16, 2008
Rev Tor rocks but he's a little anti social. Either that or he just thinks he's better than you. I've been to a couple shows and have complimented him and tried to talk go him and he kind of just blows you off and his very short with his responses. Does being the best player extend to interpersonal skills and performance as well as image or just how they play? I think all of them can play. I think the question is who puts on a better show and really makes a connection with thier audience. I think James Taylor has perfected this.

Toms River, NJ

#4 Dec 16, 2008

Toms River, NJ

#5 Dec 16, 2008
Im the best guitar player in town now Ill out play anyone
Paul Butler

Beijing, China

#6 Dec 17, 2008
Mike Keegan is the best in Mass.
Forward Observer


#7 Dec 17, 2008
I do believe that this poll should be limited to "Berkshire Native" performers. That would exclude James Taylor automatically as he is a recent transplant to the Lenox area. Arlo Guthrie has been here for a long time now but he's not a native Berkshirite. David Grover was born & raised right here in Pittsfield. Other players would include: Jay Fruet, Mike McAvoy, Tim Ruel, Andy Kelly, Phil Grover, John Zarvis & Nick Soldato. Of course there are those players who stay 'off the grid' and play in their living rooms & basements. Not sure how you'd include them, let alone try to rate them.

Queensbury, NY

#8 Dec 17, 2008
I agree they are all good. Have any of you heard Shaun Bush of Vision out of Pittsfield. He is 20 years old and plays the best guitar I have ever heard. he is an absolutely amazing jazz player.
Forward Observer


#9 Dec 18, 2008
It's one thing to be able to play the music...totally another to have 'lived it'. A 20 yr. old guitarist might play well..of that there may be little or no doubt. The aforementioned names above have played well over thirty years each and have seriously paid their dues to be considered for such a title. I myself, have played for over forty years but accolades and recognition are not my goal. I'm a full time working musician who takes great pride in plying my craft. My definition of a so called 'Guitar Hero' is one who's 'played it all' and did it respectfully...without notoriety or alot of 'smoke and mirrors'.
Guitarist Vote

Mount Vernon, IL

#10 Dec 19, 2008
Regina Faith - Claeys

Roseland, NJ

#11 Dec 21, 2008
Johnny Irion

Northville, NY

#12 Dec 22, 2008
You stupid morons just want Pittsfield Jazz "Legend" Andy Kelly to win even though the one song he knows how to play is "When the Saints come marching in"
Ben Listening

Syracuse, NY

#13 Dec 22, 2008
There are some amazing guitarists in this area... the man who gets my vote for best all around guitarist today would be Rob Putnam of the southern berkshire area..he plays all styles and incredibly well. I have not heard a better player and I've heard many fine players.
And Rob is a really fun, nice guy.
A little known guitarist from the Pittsfield area who played with the band Cold Duck back in the 70's was Eric Shanz..a great player and jazz buff who played exceptional well.
Also, Nick Soldato and his brother John were good friends and great players..Nick was the best rock player I ever saw around here. Bar none!
A special mention for Bob Nolli, who passed away last year, was certainly a tremendous talent,and musical brother to me.
Bob Ducharme inspired me to pick up a guitar, he is just awesome.Bruce Knowlton, Chris Schweitzer and John Novac are also great players, as is Fabre Perotti and Dave Healey- Dave knows every song ever written.
If you think you've heard the best, well...until you've heard the names mentioned here...well, you haven't!
Count me in

United States

#14 Dec 23, 2008
I have got to agree that John "Juany" Novak is incredible. I've known him for more than 25 years, and man, can he play. He doesn't play around here anymore, although he does play out in the Springfield area.

Locally, the best lead guitarist/singer/songwriter is Tony Lee Thomas. Unlike Rev Tor, Tony is charming, energetic, and if you try and speak to him, he stops whatever he is doing and gives you his full attention.

Now, as to bass guitar, there is no discussion. Jason Maley is the best bassist around, hands down.
Old Hippie


#15 Dec 23, 2008
This is to GLOVERSVILLE...

I believe the song is titled: "When The Saints "Go" Marching In"'s the 'moron'?.

FYI...Andy Kelly is a fine local talent. You really shouldn't criticize him for his abilities.
Perhaps you'd like to maybe sit with him and learn a thing or two.

Andy is a good all-around fella, he doesn't make sensationalist claims to his profession, he's just like the rest of us..out there playing and making money, and he gives the people what they want to hear...what's wrong with that?....after all, isn't that what it's all about?

Berne, NY

#16 Dec 23, 2008
that Fabree guy that used to be in Smart A** was pretty damn good
Little Brother

Syracuse, NY

#17 Dec 23, 2008
Someone forgot to mention these fine guitarists:
Rick Burkholder, Glenn Farell, Phil Simon, Mike Dermody, Joel Nickelson, Brad Cady,Cliff Duscarme, Billy Gilbert, John Grabhoff, Tom Fillio.
Old Hippie


#18 Dec 24, 2008
Fabrizio (Fabri) a fine guitarist, many others in the area, he likes to be rehearsed before he plays anywhere. (A little bit awkward when you try to jam with someone). Still though...a heckuva nice guy.
Old Hippie


#19 Dec 24, 2008
Cliff Ducharme?? he still alive?
Old Hippie


#20 Dec 24, 2008
The late Joel Nicholson was another fine guitarist as well. many others in the area, he stayed locked into one style of playing. R.I.P Joel, we still miss you.

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